Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (Anglais) Relié – 1 novembre 2004
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This superb collection of thirteen Andersen tales includes “The Princess and the Pea,” “Thumbelina,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Snow Queen.” Naomi Lewis’s translations brilliantly capture Andersen’s irresistible humor and conversational tone, and a whole host of memorable characters are brought to life in Joel Stewart’s fresh and whimsical illustrations. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
Biographie de l'auteur
Joel Stewart studied at Falmouth College of Art, graduating with a degree in illustration. He is the illustrator of the highly acclaimed picture books JABBERWOCKY and THE ADVENTURES OF A NOSE. Joel Stewart lives in Cornwall, England.
From the Hardcover edition. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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I'm moved to write a review for this children's book for one reason only: the annotation is superb! I never knew that Andersen worked with toy theatre, or there were parallels in his life and The Ugly Duckling, that he came from poverty and never completely overcame the inferiority complex from his low birth. He was the first to adopt a conversational voice in his story-telling, also the first to give human characteristics and voice to inanimate objects. The details with which he embelished his stories is genius and brilliant; re-reading the description of the Little Mermaid's undersea world confirms that. His fairy tales have a literary element: the details, the drama, the dissonance, the untidiness of real life. I don't think I understood all that when I was 8 or 9, but I wish someone had read this book with me when I was 8 or 9, and explained to me the vanguard genius of Andersen.
The stories are beautifully translated, the illustration is fetching, although I don't get the drama-set vibes. There is annotation preceding every tale, and it takes an adult to read and explain this to a young reader. For example, preceding The Little Mermaid, there is a small paragraph dealing with the soul. Young readers will need help with the concept and vocab. I'm happy to have re-discovered Andersen fairy tales through this book, and I heartily recommend it to anyone who grew up with the inscrutable Andersen, adult or child. A great book for the future lit studies post-doc, and his/her lit studies post-doc parents.
I think the publishers have done children and their parents a real service in offering beautifully illustrated classics in sturdy softcover at very reasonable prices.
- Gail Cooke